A community survey was conducted in order to determine the need and focus of Treatment and Support Services. Below are results of the survey.
A total of 108 surveys were completed:
43 Males & 65 Females
Of the 108 surveys:
- 74% identified that alcohol abuse is problematic; -91% identified illegal drug abuse is problematic; -94% identified prescription drugs is problematic;
- 94% were in support of a residential treatment facility for addictions;
- 59% agree that traditional programs are important as mainstream programs;
- 82% agreed that the struggles facing Couchiching are similar to other First Nation communities; -94% agreed in the importance to carry out the project no mater what outcomes may emerge;
Illegal Drugs Abused:
52% Crack Cocaine
Prescription Drugs Abused:
95% Opiates (oxycontin)
Statistical information gathered indicates an addiction problem exists and needs to be addressed. Addictions to prescription drugs and in particular opiates and oxy's is at 95 percent, Codeine Tylenol 2, 3, 4 are at 65 percent indicates the most abused followed by Ritalin, Morphine, and Valium ranging from 32 to 45 percent. Diet pills, sedatives and sleeping pills are being abused as indicated in range from 11- 21 per- cent. Illegal drugs pose a serious addiction problem and all are being abused in the range from 28 percent to 76 percent. These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, LSD, ecstasy and crystal meth. The data indicates that these drugs are available on Couchiching. Over-the-counter medications are a concerning problem as well. The data indicates a range of 18 percent abuse of cough medicine, 25 percent abuse of Gravol, and 38 percent abuse of Tylenol 1. Alcohol abuse continues to be prevalent in our population and individuals that prefer to drink alcohol will abuse other drugs if alcohol is not available and vice versa for drug users.
Couchiching Community Care Program reports that the Child Welfare caseload has increased from 13 children in care in 2005 to 38 children in care in January 2008.
Couchiching Program staff and members agree that the drug dealers are known but that we do nothing to change this.
Treaty 3 Police report that their calls to Couchiching are overwhelmingly related to drugs, break-ins, and individuals having had their prescription drugs stolen.
Data Analysis & Findings:
Equally important, Data indicates strengths within out first nation are significant and important to regain a healthier environment.